European Space Agency prepares to crash probe into comet
Final commands will be uploaded on Thursday into the orbiter to line the probe up for its one-way trip on to the rugged surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Rosetta is due to carry out its "collision manoeuvre" at 9.50pm, UK time at an altitude of about 19 km (12 miles).
From that moment, there will be no turning back. The spacecraft will head straight for the comet, hitting the ground at around 11.40am UK time on Friday.
Confirmation of the spacecraft's death is not expected until around 12.20am because of the time it takes for radio signals from Rosetta to reach Earth.... read more
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